At my age, I have a surprising number of bad habits, and I’m very aware of them. I think that’s what makes it worse- I know the things I do that I shouldn’t, and yet I do very little to change them. But I did something yesterday that for some reason made me realize it more than at any other point.
I cleaned out my fridge.
I know I can’t be the only one who has the habit of making too much food and then forgetting about some of the leftovers, but I think my mom and I have taken it to a whole new level recently. We’ve lived just the two of us for about 3 years now (before that my brother lived at home) but for some reason we still make enough dinner and buy enough groceries for a family of 4 or 5. I mean, I’m down for some leftovers for work, but sometimes when the fridge gets too packed, it’s easy to pretend you don’t see half of what’s in there– especially if you don’t feel like eating the same thing over and over again.
I think this has officially become my worst bad habit: buying/making too much food and then deciding I just don’t want to eat it. Therefore throwing a lot of it out.
Yesterday after work I dragged my mom to the grocery store because there was almost no healthy food left in my house. This is a bit of a stretch I guess, but my mom likes to buy things that aren’t so good for you, and when I go shopping I buy all the yummy stuff. So it was time for me to go with her (at 10:30 last night, she humors me I tell you). We brought home 4 bags filled with fruits, veggies, cheese, hummus, healthy cereal, soy milk, all that fun stuff. My mom was already exhausted so I offered to just organize it all into the fridge. That’s when I opened it and discovered what we had let it get to. There was almost an entire garbage bag full of food that had gone bad. Vegetables that we had bought and forgot to use, leftovers that we had skipped over, cereal forgotten and gone stale. It was awful, you guys. Part of me felt great for making space in the fridge for all the fresh, healthy stuff we just bought, but the bigger part of me felt bad for ignoring what was already there.
Before this year is finished, I want to get rid of these bad habits that I’ve picked up through the years. Wasting food, in my mind, just became a BIG no-no. I couldn’t believe it. I sucked it up and cleared everything out, but I promise you that is the last time I will ever throw out such a huge amount of food.
One of my 101 goals is to go vegetarian for a week, which I’ve started looking into in the last few days. I had a friend of mine (and fantastic cook) pick out a good cook book for me to buy, and I’m going to be buying it at work this week. But beyond testing out vegetarianism, I want to make it a habit for my mom and I to have a fridge fully stocked with only healthy and fresh foods that get eaten on a regular basis. I know that my mom, if she shops alone, might not necessarily pick out that kind of food, but if I go with her and pick it out myself, she won’t say no to it.
It’s time to start breaking out of habits that should absolutely not be there in the first place. We’re only two people in this home and it’s time we start living within our means, especially when it comes to food.
What kind of habits should you be breaking out of?